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Huge crash involving Sykes, Rinaldi halts second Donington WorldSBK race - UPDATED

Tom Sykes, ROKiT BMW Motorrad, BMW M 1000 RR, 2023 WorldSBK, Donington Park, action [credit - Gold & Goose]

The final race of this weekend’s WorldSBK round from Donington Park has been red flagged following a massive lap one accident involving Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Tom Sykes and Loris Baz.

Occurring at the top of the circuit at the second apex of Coppice leading onto the back straight, the accident was triggered by Sykes losing the back-end of his BMW M 1000 RR and being flicked into a mammoth high-side.

It appears his spiralling BMW was then collected by the close following Ducati of Rinaldi, with Baz then also becoming tangled up in the fracas.


With the race promptly red flagged, there was initial concern for Sykes as he lay face down on the grass, with marshals having to lift him to check on him being conscious. 

However, with TV footage minutes later showing Sykes on his knees and his helmet off, albeit in clear discomfort, a group of marshals and medical teams were now grouped around Rinaldi.

With Baz seemingly unhurt, a race direction message confirmed all three riders were conscious, with Rinaldi and Sykes to be hospitalised for checks.

The Aruba.it Ducati team has since tweeted a message from medical direction:

Race 2 has restarted to a shortened 22 lap race distance.

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